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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 21, 2007 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh, cmon, let's get it over with

Hmmm--not trying to START anything, but I just noticed: is it just that the old farts are up early? Do we only have two post 77 years picked thus far?

Lets see if it balances out as the day progresses...as it stands, most are 68-77...

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 21, 2007 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh, cmon, let's get it over with

Well, you have started it, mister! I am an old fart, or at least my daughter and her friends consider me as such, and I picked '80.

Come to think of it, my wife calls me an old fart, too.

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Mar 21, 2007 9:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh, cmon, let's get it over with

Well, as some have said, while they may prefer a particular era, when it comes to picking only one year it gets tough. As great as some of the later stuff was, there's few whole years that were as solid as the early ones.

I was tempted to say "the last year of Brent's tenure with the band" which would be 89-90. But I think that's against the rules.

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Poster: Supaslush Date: Mar 21, 2007 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh, cmon, let's get it over with

Naw.
At 28, I'm relatively young on here and - though I listen almost exclusively to late '80s shows - I believe that the essence of the Dead is in the earlier years. You can look to the 60's for pure extemporaneous inventiveness or the 70s for technical ability and songwriting. I personally believe that many of the songs introduced in the 70s didn't really get "heart", if you will, until they'd had a chance to mellow in the 80s.

But first-wave dead is undeniable. Think how awesome it would have been for them jam like:

St. Stephen>Let It Grow> Little Red Rooster> West L.A.> Feedback>Little Red Rooster > St. Stephen*

or some s**t like that in the 80s, but they didn't. Phil does that kinda stuff with his band now, and mad props to 'em, but it's not the same as with Jer and everybody.

*just for example.

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